GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

March 5, 2009 -

If you're the kind of consumer who finds value in trading used games, for a long time GameStop has been your only option,

Now that other major retailers like Toys R Us, Best Buy and Amazon.com are getting into the used game business, where will you make your trades?

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Seriously no Gamecrazy? I mean they opened with the basis of specializing in it. Certainly a more viable option then Toys R Us considering Toyrs R Us semi limited demographic.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

 I wouldn't trade in my games just for the fact that I play them in cycles.

For example, I just got the urge to go back and play KOTOR I & II, granted those are exceptional games (first one is better imo), but I am rather conservative with buying console games and just wait till the reviews come out.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

With every game I buy I do it with allot of thought of how I would part with my $$$$.

So every game I buy, I would not have the guts of selling it unless if I absolutely hated it.

But if I were going to sell a used game, I would most likely sell it at Amazon.com for overseas games, or places like EB games or GAME in my local area.

 

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I read "If you were trading used games..." and so I picked Gamestop. In reality, I never trade in games, and if I do, I sell them to friends or something like that. So after seeing 40% choose not trading in games, I wish I could change my vote =/

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I know this is slightly off topic but... Trading in used games and buying used games means what? It means people will buy used rather than new. Why? Price. Is this a bad way to go? Yes. How about theft items getting resold to you? How about copying a disk then trading it in? I think back to the music industry and all the used music cd stores. Guess what happened? Didn't do the new cd sales any favours. This is bad. A bad direction for the industry to go.

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

How about theft items getting resold to you?

Illegal

How about copying a disk then trading it in?

Illegal

I think back to the music industry and all the used music cd stores. Guess what happened? Didn't do the new cd sales any favours.

Bad comparison, the music industry wasn't providing what customers wanted. Song sales hit a record last year, album sales are dropping. Give the customer what they want and you'll make money.

 

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

If I ever decided to trade in games, I would rent instead as it's much cheaper. Trading in games is an expensive rental system. The fact that demos exist for most games means that you can try before you buy. But I seem to be in the minority for actually cherishing games, keeping them, replaying them again at some point.

When GTA4 came out Game had a second-hand copy selling for about £38 and the brand new copy was $40, and the trade in value was about £20.

Trade in games? I think burning money is an easier way to lose money quickly.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Despite all the hate-on of Gamestop, I have and always will trade with them.  However, since the news that Best Buy and TrU are getting into the act as well, I'm gald that there will be other possibilities. :)

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Trading games in really isn't worth it. You can make more money selling it to someone else yourself instead of having a middle man that takes anout 50% to 70% of what you could profit from it.

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i don't trade in old games. i have bought used, though, but only a couple of times, like when i am strapped for cash but want a game. i probably should trade in my games though. when i buy a game and i hate it enough that another person would trade it in, into the dusty closet it goes. i can't part with them, even if they were terrible. i'm a hoarder like that.

 

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I typically sell on Ebay or Craigslist if I'm anticipating a new game soon.  If not, I usually throw it on Goozex.  Although I have noticed a new habit of mine of late...

I'll trade/sell a recent game while it still has value then snag it two years down the road again when it's ubercheap...

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

None of the above, I trade on Goozex. You actually get what the game is WORTH when you trade straight to other gamers.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I hate it when people do not give good options for their polls. The "I wouldn't trade games" makes it sound like the person wouldn't do it to save the industry their margin. I have never traded in my games, but that is only because I tend to collect things I am interested in. I have bought used games before though, and I do not care where from as long as the price is right.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I'm very careful in what games I choose to buy, and only buy the ones I know I'm going to love.  So I don't trade them back in, and just add them to my collection.  I have few large boxes of every game I thought was worth the memory.  There were only a few over the years that I thought were not worth keeping, and they were so old when I decided this, that I just threw them out.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I should point out that though I voted for not trading games, that isn't because I disapprove, only that I collect.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

 

Ditto

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Same here

 

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Same here.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I wouldn't mind giving Best buy a shot depending on how good there trade in vlue is. Considering they're getting rid of all ther anime at my local best buy it better be worth it.

 

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

how about "whoever give the best price"

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

eBay everytime. Get double the money you would from trading games in, nets you better feedback.

I then buy all my games new from GAME on the highstreet, get 10% off via student discount, and use their reward card to save myself about £50 per year.

 

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Ditto on the eBay.  Easy and you get more money.  Often the easiest to buy from too, unless you don't mind calling around to all the local GameStop/GameCrazy/Private shops.  But that's a PITA IMO.

Not to mention I hate Best Buy and GameStop, so I avoid them as much as I can.  And I had to think twice about Toys R Us, didn't even realize they were still in business.  Had to do a Google search to even find one near me.  Not in the best location if I never even saw it there before.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Trade a game? I'd no sooner trade any of the games I've bought for other games no sooner than I'd be willing to trade my perfectly good liver for Tom Waits liver!

I don't oppose buying used games, but when I buy a game, I don't give them up....besides, there really isn't a market for used PC games to my knowledge.
 

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Awww, I love Gamestop, I dont trade used games that often...I wouldnt even trade any of my resident evil's or Champions of norrath (or return to arms) to them, But i dont see the big deal of people here thinking gamestop bites.

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Well, just to name one of the reasons why people dislike GameStop (that I can think of off the top of my head). Corporate GameStop treats their employees like dogs. From my understanding (and please correct my if I am wrong), Gamestop pays their employees with either direct deposit or these debit type cards. If you get the debit type cards, you have to pay fees to take money out from an ATM, because the cards are not affiliated with any U.S. bank. (http://consumerist.com/5150172/gamestop-pays-its-employees-in-hidden-fee-cash-cards)

I've never worked for GameStop, and I have never had a problem when shopping at a GameStop (other than being treated like I have no idea what I'm doing because I'm a girl), but that is the reason I stopped shopping at GameStop.

But back on topic, I don't trade in games. If I buy a game, I generally have a pretty good idea that I'm going to love it. If I absolutely hate it, I'll just give it to someone else so that they can experience it :)

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

The shadey part is even if you get direct deposit as an employee, they make you take the Comdata card as well. So one week goes in the bank, the next week goes on the card. They claim you don't get charged if you take it out within a certain amount of time after the payment and/or they put a couple of extra bucks in. And Comdata supplies these pain-in-the-ass overcomplicated check things if you want to get every last dime off the card or says you can use an all-point ATM charge free (and the only one I had found was a Sovereign Bank ATM and it wouldn't take the card), but who knows.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I'll still shop there no matter what,And i really dont want the edge card to go to waste, Hell, to think of it...They often do scam themselves of money often when you buy a used game and often it doesnt work, Then you return for a refund, Hours or so later or the next time you visit, The cheap broken game is back on the shelf.

 

 

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Here's something to chew on for you people who trade in games.

You will always enjoy the game you traded in more than the money you got for trading it in.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

i counter your claim with Dynasty warriors... Seriously is there any good reason to keep an old installment of the game when a new one has just come out? the older games only good remaining purpose is to be traded in and thus allow me to save money on the next dynasty warrior game

Also, another counter claim... trading in one game and then using the money to by another; and by that i mean an older game whose price will have gone down enough so that you could afford it with the moeny you get in the trade in... The "new" game you get is bound to be a lot more enjoyable than the game you no longer play

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I think I enjoyed the little boost toward my next game trading in Alone in the Dark got me more than I'd enjoy actually trying to finish that godawful game.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Nope, I can say that's not always the case.

Scooby Doo Mystery Mayhem and Stretch Panic, the money was better (actually even made a profit. CC $5 sale and they got more than $5)

Of course, these are the *only* two I've ever traded in. I still do regret the games I had to sell at our garage sale when I was unemployed, so some of your point does stand, it's just not an absolute.

 

 

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Uhm... no, I think I can pretty well disprove that with one title.

XIII

I don't trade in often... but when I do, it's usually some crap title I picked up used to begin with.

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

XIII? What was bad about it? I've been considering snagging it.

 

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Really? You can quantify the fun I have with money and the fun I have holding onto a game that I don't play any more? How? And does your formula factor in the complaints I'll hear from my wife as old game boxes pile up? Because that's pretty much anti-fun right there.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I'm pretty sure your wife would be complaining about the mess you make with the boxes you pile up, than the actual number of boxes you have. She would probebly complain a lot less if you organized your boxes in a neat and tidy manner.

And you kind of have to quantify "don't play anymore." because human psycology when your about to lose or have lost something, you often become nostalgic or protective of what you have no matter how much you played it or used it. Editors always regret in the old days selling their games that they thought "i'll never play this agian." only to say "I should have kept my copy of Panzer Dragoon or Radiant Silver Gun." and every time they will say the money they got out of it was not worth the trade in of the game.

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I have 3 DVD racks for my games. Anything more than that is clutter. My wife hates clutter.

And by "don't play anymore" I mean don't play anymore. Between my job, my wife and my kid I don't have a whole lot of time for gaming. I barely have time to keep up with current releases; nostalgia isn't a luxury I can afford. When I'm done with a game I'm done and I don't look back.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Then you don't value your games, and i'm suprised that you can actually enjoy games at all like that. I can't see someone enjoying games just going like "Fallout 3 done, Mass Effect done, Halo 3 done, Gears of War done," and just keep machinegunning your games through like that. You talk like games is your secondary job, you don't have to keep up with every new release, enjoy your games.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Just because a person doesn't appreciate their games in the same way that you would doesn't mean that their can't be enjoyment out of them. Of Course games are going to be secondary when a person has a job or family to support.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Uhh.... I do value games, that's why I don't play old games anymore. Because there are always new ones that I haven't played yet.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Then you don't value your games, and i'm suprised that you can actually enjoy games at all like that.

So because he doesn't hoard his games like a packrat, he doesn't actually "enjoy" them? Wow. That's some elitist horseshit if I've ever heard it.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

It's not that. It seems like he blazes through games so quickly that I would imagine he would have a hard time actually enjoying them. Just going "done, done, done, done, done." gives me the impression that he's running games like an "in and out" machine and not taking the time to fully appreciate the games he plays.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Um.. isnt everyone an individual?

Just because you dont enjoy 'machinegunning' through games, whats the problem with somebody else enjoying that?

He may appreciate entirely different qualities of games than other people. And enjoy them for entirely different reason. There is no 'right ' or 'wrong' way to enjoy a game.. dont make out like somebody is strange for enjoying them in a different way.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I'm not saying he can't enjoy games that way, I'm saying I have trouble understanding how someone can enjoy games like that.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

If it is a game with little to no re-play value, why keep it? If you didn't like it, or playing it again doesn't appeal to you, why let it take up space?

I've traded in games that I wasn't ever gonna play again. But I have kept the ones that I keep going back to.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Then you're playing games wrong.

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

No Game Crazy option, either.  They're not truly MAJOR, but they're substantial, and guarantee a better trade-in value than alternatives.  From what I've seen, they keep that promise, so far.  That said, I trade only on massive purchases, like a new console before first price drop.  I enjoy having a bookshelf packed full of games.  (Game Crazy is a subsidiary of Hollywood Video, and they tend to share store space, if anyone's looking for an EB/GameStop competitor without going big-box or online.)

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I expected most of us not to practise trade-ins. Whenever i buy a game, I dont care how boring or bad it is. I just cant part with it i love my games too much :) I mean i even have an unopened Superman 64 people XD

Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I'd do business with the locally owned and operated game store before I'd go to Gamestop/Best Buy/Toys R Us.  There are still a few of them out there!

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

I have three franchises owned by local business owners within a 15 minute drive from my house. I will trade at anyone of those before Gamestop.

But I do shop at any store as long as I am getting the best price.

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Re: GP Poll: Where Will You Trade Your Used Games?

Trading? For like store credit? If that's what this poll is, then it's very sad so many people choose gamestop. They rip you off.

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